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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Idem.  A month back.
  2. 3G in Restaurants?

    Have to say I also noticed a change in the démographic of the obit columns from after about a year after covid. More young people and sudden. Just observation, no stats. It was sufficiently obvious to notice. I think a lot of people walk around for years with stuff without knowing necessarily and covid tipped them over the edge, also without a connection being made.   Microvascular, so anything can be affected.
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

      100% employment then.   Frankly, it looked like MAN had been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood the other week. Why would they need to import EU citizens ?
  4. The Vent - NO CHAT!!!

    You are so bad at what you are paid to do I wonder if you are taking the piss, trying to get fired and then extract more lucre for rupture of contract, or sick. You do not know where 1 is, or the time signature or how to indicate a pause or even the last note. Your idea of allegro is also pretty unique. 
  5.   Overlap = parallel in my layman s jargon.  Nothing detrimental in this. Just not the most advantageous way to proceed. He may yet end up working in UK again where he would be paying contributions. Or he may stop working in DE in a few years time. It would then be to his advantage to pay UK contributions for years where he is not paying in Germany. (What I meant by paying in series. First one country then the other, not both simultaneously.)   Correct me if my understanding is wrong. I have no doubt you are far more clued up on this than I am.    I wonder if there will be any money in the pot in 20 years time to pay anyone anything... or slightly more likely whether everyone will just be paid the same (huge ) amount regardless of their contribution record.
  6. I paid a decade of contributions in both UK and DE for the same years. Apparently it is worth avoiding doing that if possible. From the German perspective your overlapping  UK years are ignored. Better to pay in series than in parallel for the German calculation. If you are only 50 you have another 20 years to pay UK contributions. If you are paying DE contributions I would be tempted to hold off paying into the UK pot.    Yes, by the time you reach the present pension age, it will have risen to at least 70.
  7. Contact DWP in Newcastle for a pension forecast. There are other threads on this on TT.   The goal posts keep moving. 30 years contributions no longer gets you a full pension unless you are already receiving a UK pension. It is currently 35 years. I recently paid up in full. Just waiting for the next goal post move.   How old are you ?
  8.   1) you are interpreting... what choice did she have if she is totally isolated ?   2) please don t. I have my own sorry story which remains to be told about police intervention in a domestic situation. Failure after failure after failure by uniformed inadequates with a bit of power. OK I am in France. Maybe the German police are of a better calibre. Dysfunctional intervention could be catastrophic.   3) continue to hold out the olive branch. Especially to the lady. She is the more vulnerable. Are there any Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, even Xian faith groups that would fit ? Could s.o. visit ? Sounds like she is totally dépendent on hubby.    The Church of the Ascension in Munich has parishoners from many countries, including Asians.  Maybe ask if s.o. could make a call ?   Sounds like she needs a friend, not the police.
  9. 3G in Restaurants?

    Do not feed the animals.
  10. Why are you unhappy today?

    Was almost accosted by a touchy-feely-in-yer-face over-enthusiastic, creepy guy in the woods yesterday. Managed to fend him off verbally and he went on his way. Phew. But what if he hadn t ?   He was at least a decade younger than me. Guess the heat brings 'em out. But it has still shaken me. Do I have to now avoid this place and find somewhere else to puff into my Alphorn ?
  11. I can confirm the notary also reads out the contract in France. I was there.  Presumably blind people and the partially sighted also buy property.
  12. What made you laugh today?

    It was the fact that he pulled the strings down that really disturbed me.   He didn t have to do that. 
  13. Traffic offence lawyers

    He was too close. I thought a back ender was always the fault of the guy behind unless you re in reverse gear.     Logically, if you make a claim your premiums will increase. Bummer.
  14. What made you laugh today?

    Had a boss who had allergies and a runny nose and stuck tampons up each nostril. Then you had to keep a straight face, not mention it and carry on as if all were normal... those were the days.   He was not nice.
  15. Problems with remaining balance with Alditalk

    Who has not been ripped off by their phone provider ? Part of life. And yes, it sucks.
  16. Festivities and parade to honour Her Majesty The Queen.

    He was a right little sod all the way through. Which was fully understandable. Tired and and overwhelmed. Poor little mite. The spin was he stole the show. Right. Cruelty to children if you ask me. The fly past was clearly ear splitting.
  17. Why are you unhappy today?

    Played to the village oldies the other day... there are hardly any left. Maybe a third of previously. Covid cleared up good and proper it seems.
  18. 3G in Restaurants?

    Spot the sociopath.
  19. The War in Ukraine

    Tell me more...   Portugal in the 80s like some sort of time warp... i was there    Europe was the best thing to happen to them. Raised the country to Western standards.   Now Greece... ?
  20. Three-word story

    and ostrich feathers
  21. 3G in Restaurants?

    Keith said it. Excellent post. Wasted on some, who will never get it.
  22. 3G in Restaurants?

  23. Why are you unhappy today?

  24. Three-word story

    in the buff